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FIN301 Introduction to Finance Course Page

Description: Types of securities and basic methods of valuation. Valuation and selection of physical and intellectual assets. Operation of asset markets and market efficiency. Risk measures and risk reduction methods. Financing policy, including choices between debt and equity financing. Note: Students are expected to have basic familiarity with microcomputer applications. Prerequisite: STAT 151, SCI 151 or equivalent. Pre- or corequisite: MGTSC 312, ACCTG 300 or 311.

FIN412 Investment Principles Course Page

Description: This course examines securities and securities markets with emphasis on stocks and bonds. Topics include information, interest rates, risk-return relationships, efficient markets, diversification, portfolio performance measurement, and the application of financial theory to investment decisions. Prerequisite: FIN 301 and MGTSC 312. Students may not receive credit for both FIN 412 and ECON 442.

FIN413 Risk Management Course Page

Description: This course examines the markets and valuation models for options and future contracts, and their application to hedging and the valuation of the other financial contracts. Prerequisite: FIN 301.

FIN414 Operation of Financial Institutions Course Page

Description: Well-functioning capital markets are essential for economic growth. The allocation of scarce resources requires accurate prices and this includes accurate prices for investment capital (i.e., the cost of capital). This course examines the roles played by various financial intermediaries as they engage in activities that enhance the functionality of capital markets, the risks faced as they do so, and the ways that these risks are managed. At the end of this course you should understand the economic role of financial intermediaries in general, the risks faced by specific types of financial intermediaries as they fulfill their roles, and techniques for measuring and managing the risks. Success in this course requires a sound grasp of business fundamentals, critical thinking and problem solving, communication skills, and the application of quantitative methods. Prerequisite: FIN 301. Students may not receive credit for both FIN 414 and ECON 341.

FIN416 Advanced Portfolio Management Course Page

Description: Recent theoretical and empirical developments in portfolio management are covered with an emphasis on investment strategy and the evaluation of investment performance. A student project makes extensive use of microcomputing, spreadsheets and financial market data. Prerequisite: FIN 301, 412.

FIN418 Fixed Income Course Page

Description: The valuation and management of interest-rate contracts. The main focus is on the behaviour of bond portfolios and related risk-management techniques. The institutional features of North American fixed-income markets complete the course. Prerequisites: FIN 301, 412.

FIN422 Capital Investment Course Page

Description: Capital budgeting and the determination of the cost of capital to the firm. Prerequisite: FIN 301 and MGTSC 312.

FIN430 Corporate Financial Planning Course Page

Description: Advanced discussion of valuation and financial policies. Prerequisites: FIN 301, 412, and 422.

FIN434 Advanced Corporate Finance Course Page

Description: This course covers selected advanced topics in corporate finance, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, capital structure, financial history, behavioral finance, and comparative financial system. The frontiers between finance and economics, history, political science, and psychology are explored. Topics may vary from year to year in response to current events. Prerequisite: FIN 301 and MGTSC 312.

FIN436 Investment Management Course Page

Description: This course provides students with experience managing an institutional asset portfolio, the PRIME FUND. Students interact with investment professionals in making asset acquisition and divesture decisions within the institutional framework of the fund. This course draws on and unifies skills related to investment analysis and portfolio theory. It combines traditional academic objectives with the practical demands of hands-on investment analysis and portfolio management. The students learn by actually using the tools of the trade. These include printed materials, real-time computerized sources of information and, most importantly, access to practising analysts and managers. Students also learn about the differences between institutional and personal investment decisions, the mechanics of trading, the different providers of trading services, and cash management. Prerequisites: FIN 412, 416. Open only to students with the consent of the Department.

FIN442 International Financial Markets Course Page

Description: An overview of the international financial environment and the financial function in the multinational corporation. Its purpose is to provide decision-making skills in international money and capital markets. Prerequisite: FIN 301.

FIN480 Honours Essay in Finance Course Page

Description: Preparation of the honours essay required for students in the Finance Honours program. Prerequisite: consent of the Department.

FIN488 Selected Topics in Finance Course Page

Description: Normally restricted to third- and fourth-year Business students. Prerequisites: FIN 301 or consent of Department. Additional prerequisites may be required.

FIN495 Individual Research Project I Course Page

Description: Special study for advanced undergraduates. Prerequisites: consent of Instructor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program.

FIN496 Individual Research Project II Course Page

Description: Special Study for advanced undergraduates. Prerequisites: FIN 495, consent of Instructor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program.

FIN497 Individual Research Project III Course Page

Description: Special Study for advanced undergraduates. Prerequisites: FIN 496, consent of the Instructor and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Program.

FIN501 Managerial Finance Course Page

Description: Fundamental concepts in asset valuation are discussed within the context of simple asset pricing models and efficient financial markets. This course introduces the valuation of financial assets such as bonds and stocks. Further topics include the issuing of financial securities, leverage, dividend policy, cash management, and derivative securities. Credit will not be given for FIN 501 when FIN 503 has been completed. Prerequisites: ACCTG 501, BUEC 503, and MGTSC 501.

FIN502 Introduction to Financial Valuation Course Page

Description: Fundamental concepts in asset valuation are discussed in the context of simple asset pricing models. This course introduces the valuation of financial assets such as bonds and stocks. The concept of Net Present Value in capital investments is also introduced, along with basic financial planning. Other topics include an introduction to Markowitz diversification, the Capital Asset Pricing Model, and basic cost of capital estimation. Not open to students who have completed FIN 501. Corequisites: ACCTG 501, BUEC 503, MGTSC 501. FIN 502 must be taken as part of a FIN 502, FIN 503 sequence.

FIN503 Introduction to Corporate Finance Course Page

Description: Fundamental concepts in the modern theory of corporate finance are discussed. This course introduces dividend policy, capital structure, cost of capital and its relation to leverage, and an advanced treatment of capital investments. An introduction to derivatives payoffs and valuation concludes the course. Not open to students who have completed FIN 501. Prerequisite: FIN 502.

FIN601 Introduction to Financial Management Course Page

Description: This course will introduce the perspective, required knowledge, skills, and context for the position of Chief Financial Officer. Ethical aspects of business situations and relationships will also be addressed.

FIN604 The Practice of Investment Banking Course Page

Description: This course is concerned with the organization, evolution and structure of, and functions performed by, investment banks. Specifically, the course will cover topics such as the offering of securities to the public, the underwriting process, normal course and short form prospectus offerings, and private placements. In addition, exchange listings, maintaining exchange trading status, the role of research analysts and insider trading regulation will be studied. Co-requisite: FIN 501 or FIN 503.

FIN614 Investments Course Page

Description: This course is concerned with investment in stocks, bonds and other financial assets. Topics include, but are not limited to, interest rates, risk-return relationships, investment valuation, and market information and efficiency. Prerequisite: FIN 501 or Co-requisite: FIN 503.

FIN615 Trading and Financial Markets Course Page

Description: This course will discuss the functioning of global financial markets and trading and price determination in these markets. Topics covered will include order submission and trading strategies, market structure, transaction cost and liquidity measurement, price formation, and technical analysis. The lectures will draw on academic and practitioner research as well as information from financial markets. Prerequisite: FIN 503. It is recommended the student have credit in FIN 614.

FIN616 Securities Markets and Financial Intermediation Course Page

Description: Well-functioning capital markets are essential for economic growth. The allocation of scarce resources requires accurate prices and this includes accurate prices for investment capital (i.e. the cost of capital). This course examines the roles played by various financial intermediaries as they engage in activities that enhance the functionality of capital markets, the risks faced as they do so, and the ways that these risks are managed. At the end of this course you should understand the economic role of financial intermediaries in general, the risks faced by specific types of financial intermediaries as they fulfill their roles, and techniques for measuring and managing these risks. Success in this course requires a sound grasp of business fundamentals, critical thinking and problem solving, communication skills, and the application of quantitative methods. Prerequisite: FIN 501 or 503.

FIN618 Fixed Income Course Page

Description: This course covers markets for interest rate-paying securities. The valuation of such securities will be covered, as will tools and techniques for the management of interest rate risk. This will include a discussion of the pricing and uses of various interest rate derivative securities, such as swaps, options on swaps ("swaptions"), futures, and forward rate agreements. Further, aspects of the underwriting process, of interest to potential issuers of such securities, will be discussed. Prerequisite: FIN 601 or FIN 501 or FIN 503.

FIN625 Finance in Professional Accounting Course Page

Description: Intended for students pursuing the CPA designation, this course looks at derivatives, hedging and risk management. Open to students enrolled in the MAcc program only.

FIN634 Corporate Financial Planning Course Page

Description: Advanced discussion of asset choice and financial structure. Supplemental case study. Prerequisite: FIN 503.

FIN635 Venture Capital Course Page

Description: Covers the theory and practice of venture capital financing of entrepreneurial firms. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, the following areas: venture capital fundraising (labour-sponsored venture capital corporations, limited partnerships and corporate venture capital) characteristics of entrepreneurial ventures (including agency problems, firm valuation) at different stages of development (seed, start-up, expansion, mezzanine, buyout, turnaround), the structure of venture capital financial contracts (staging, syndication, forms of finance), restrictive covenants, investment duration, and venture capital exits (IPOs, acquisitions, secondary sales, buybacks, write-offs). Prerequisite: FIN 501 or 503.

FIN644 International Finance Course Page

Description: The objective of this course is to acquaint students with macro and micro aspects of international finance. At the macro level coverage will include theories of direct investment, the international monetary mechanism, foreign exchange markets, and repercussions from balance of payments difficulties. Micro level materials will include problems of doing business internationally and a survey of public and private foreign and international finance institutions. The final part of the course will review Canada's role in international business. Prerequisite: FIN 501 or 503.

FIN654 Risk Management Course Page

Description: Futures, options, and other derivative securities. Markets, valuation models, application to risk management through hedging, and the application of pricing models to the valuation of financial contracts. Prerequisite: FIN 503. It is recommended the student have credit in FIN 614.

FIN673 Mergers, Restructuring, and Corporate Control Course Page

Description: Financial and economic aspects of corporate mergers, restructuring, downsizing, and bankruptcy are examined. Relations between corporate structure and performance are investigated. Specific attention is paid to the roles of top management and boards of directors. Special issues relating to privatization and restructuring in former socialist economies are studied. Prerequisite: FIN 503.

FIN680 Strategic Financial Management Course Page

Description: Combination of comprehensive global financial management cases from the CFO perspective and presentations and discussions on current financial management topics including lectures from CFOs and others with significant expertise in global financial market and institutions. Prerequisites: FIN 601 or FIN 503; and FIN 614 and FIN 654.

FIN686 Selected Topics in Finance Course Page

Description: Topics may vary from year to year. Students should check with the MBA Office for pre/corequisites of specific sections.

FIN701 Advanced Seminar in Finance I Course Page

Description: Provides an introduction to theoretical and empirical work in asset pricing and market microstructure. Topics covered include market efficiency, time varying expected returns and volatility, tests of asset pricing models, and models and analysis of price formation. Prerequisite: Open to doctoral students in the Faculty of Business, the Department of Economics and the Program of Mathematical Finance. For all other students, written permission of instructor required. Approval of the Business PhD Program Director is also required for non-PhD students.

FIN702 Advanced Seminar in Finance II Course Page

Description: Introduces students to theoretical and empirical research in corporate finance. Potential topics include contracting theory, the theory of the firm, corporate governance, capital structure, and dividend policy. Prerequisite: Open to doctoral students in the Faculty of Business, the Department of Economics and the Program of Mathematical Finance. For all other students, written permission of instructor required. Approval of the Business PhD Program Director is also required for non-PhD students.

FIN703 Advanced Seminar in Finance III Course Page

Description: Provides advanced mathematical coverage of important topics in finance. Potential topics include continuous-time models of asset pricing and portfolio choice, pricing and hedging of derivative securities, and the applications of contingent claim pricing models to the valuation of real assets and corporate liabilities. Prerequisite: Open to doctoral students in the Faculty of Business, the Department of Economics and the Program of Mathematical Finance. For all other students, written permission of instructor required. Approval of the Business PhD Program Director is also required for non-PhD students.

FIN704 Individual Research Course Page
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FIN705A Research Seminar in Finance Course Page

Description: This seminar is a single-term course offered over two terms. Members of the faculty and visiting speakers will often present their research. Advanced students are expected to present original work related to their doctoral theses. Other students will discuss and critique papers on the frontiers of current research. Pre- or corequisites: FIN 701, 702, and 703. Open to doctoral students in the Faculty of Business, the Department of Economics and the Program of Mathematical Finance. For all other students, written permission of instructor required. Approval of the Business PhD Program Director is also required for non-PhD students.

FIN705B Research Seminar in Finance Course Page

Description: This seminar is a single-term course offered over two terms. Members of the faculty and visiting speakers will often present their research. Advanced students are expected to present original work related to their doctoral theses. Other students will discuss and critique papers on the frontiers of current research. Pre- or corequisites: FIN 701, 702, and 703. Open to doctoral students in the Faculty of Business, the Department of Economics and the Program of Mathematical Finance. For all other students, written permission of instructor required. Approval of the Business PhD Program Director is also required for non-PhD students.

FIN815 Financial Analysis and Decision Making Course Page

Description: A week-long intensive course. Understanding cash flow analysis, short-term financing, pro formas, the assessment of financial performance, ratio analysis and the role of financial intermediaries. Restricted to Executive MBA students only.

FIN830 Finance Course Page

Description: Understanding valuation, capital markets, venture capital, international markets, and corporate risk management. Restricted to Executive MBA students only.